The Cheltenham festival seemed to have just came in time before Coronavirus swept around the nation and put nearly all sporting occasions and large gatherings out of business.
However, the greatest show on turf did manage to go ahead and it did not disappoint from the first race with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle throwing out a photo finish between the best of the British and the best of the Irish.
The handicaps were competitive as ever with the Ultima throwing out another nail biting finish that saw The Conditional come from the clouds to get back up and win.
The Champion Hurdle was predicted to be one of the worst for some years but in fact the winning favourite Epatante looks like a Champion Hurdle winner in the future aswell.
Willie Mullins was without a winner on the first day with his best chance Benie Des Dieux out battled by the star mare Honeysuckle for Henry De Bromhead in the Grade One Mares Hurdle.
Gordon Elliott bought the curtain down on day one with a winner in the National Hunt Chase with non other than the elusive Jamie Codd on board Ravenhill.